Getting the fundamentals right
BB Creams, colour correctors, primers and enhancers… these days facing the world in the morning is much more than dabbing on some concealer or foundations. But I love this new generation of products – skin looks and feels great before you even start to apply any colour. Here are some of the best new launches – using one of these means you have a flawless look that is only enhanced by your choice of make-up.
Stila One-Step Correct
With its triple-swirled helix, this candy coloured product is almost too pretty to use. But once you start, you won’t stop. The serum instantly colour corrects, brightens and covers skin imperfections to leave your face looking smooth and subtly improved. It doesn’t give a huge amount of colour or coverage, but that’s the point. This is not going to dramatically change your appearance but it does even out skin tone and just slightly improves everything. The weightless yet creamy texture blends easily in and it also lightly hydrates, leaving you with a really nice soft, finished base.
Sampar Glamour Shot
New from French skincare brand Sampar is this foundation crossed with primer product. You smooth it on skin after moisturising and, after one minute, the transparent formula gets to work to minimise redness, pores and imperfections. Best of all is its mattifying effect, which works to blur lines and wrinkles. It does give a lovely ‘done’ look and is light and silky to use. Really like how it enhances your best bits and hides the rest.
Gosh Foundation Primer Cream
It’s not pink, it’s not pretty, but despite the rather uninspiring packaging, this cream formula is a really great base for make-up. It gives a uniform, matt finish and visibly fills in pores and minimises lines. This is the new version, following on from Gosh’s former gel formulation. It gives added moisturiser so great for dry skins. Foundation and cover-up glide on, after applying this. A good ‘insider’ product at a reasonable price (around £12).
Jemma Kidd Pro Skin Perfecting Kit
Don’t let the rather lurid colours put you off, this is amazing! The apricot section brightens the skin, while the lightest section gives a radiance and luminosity that really makes you look ‘alive’.The citrus shade balances out dark circles and any imperfections and the cherry colour adds a little bit of glow to cheeks and colour to lips. A pretty, practical pot.
Jemma Kidd Pro Skin Rescue Bio-Complex Veil SPF15
Jemma Kidd is known for her ‘foundation’ and perfecting products for skin – loved by professionals and beauty junkies alike. Many items from her range work under make-up to give a subtle lift to your overall look. So another one to mention was this amazing fluid. It looks quite dark but don’t worry about that. You only need a little amount and the colour magically disperses to leave an overall glow, with an amazing silky texture. Developed with Shisheido, the result is a top-end luxurious product. It is sheer so not for those with major imperfections but it has a lovely light-reflecting quality with a slight shimmer effect. It preps and evens out skin-tone, adds a dash of colour and also gives an SPF15. What doesn’t it do?
Cover FX Skin Prep
A primer and anti-ageing serum in one is Cover FX Skin Prep’s USP. The serum hydrates skin, smoothes lines and reduces pores. It also fights skin inflammation and can be used on sensitive skins. A solid buy, if a bit pricey (£43).
Givenchy Mister Radiant
I have already mentioned this little wonder on my blog but just had to include it again in this. It gives the skin a wonderful glow and is fabulous and light. I especially love the very satisfying feel of the tiny gold and tinted balls popping on the skin – kind of like a tinted moisturiser but this gives a sheer coverage with a radiant glow.
Very excited about Liz Earle’s Colour Range new make-up launch for April. More about that soon. But worth an ‘advance’ mention are these two hero products. The Light Reflecting Concealer is a great complementary product to go alongside one of the above bases. It’s Liz’s version of Touch E’clat but gives a non-shimmery finish, but still giving a lovely highlight to the skin. She created this formula from scratch – not wanting to work on what was already on the market. It comes in four shades and will no doubt be one of her ‘essentials’.
Also worth adding in here is the mascara base. It is a bit of a faff, admittedly, adding a base before mascara, but this really does work to thicken lashes and makes the colour more intense. Best of all, it can also double up as a brow gel. Fundamentally getting your look right!